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Three Must See Matches This Weekend


1. Nigeria v Rwanda @ Grand Stade de Tanger @7:30pm on Jan 15

In four total meetings between the two countries, Nigeria has never lost – winning two and drawing two. They last met on August 16, 2012, a match the Super Eagles won 2-0. Ikechukwu Ezenwa will captain the team coached by Salisu Yusuf as they hope to go all the way and win the only football trophy in Africa that has not been won by Nigeria.

Rwanda hosted the last tournament and went as far as the quarterfinals, where they narrowly lost to Congo DR 2-1 after extra time. Congo DR went on to win the tournament by beating Mali 3-0 in the final. They qualified for this tournament by beating Tanzania.

2. Liverpool v Man. City @Anfield @5pm on Jan 14

Can Jurgen Klopp get his revenge over Pep Guardiola? Will the Reds, without the departed Philippe Coutinho hand City their first league defeat? So close to call but the 5-0 bashing suffered in September at the Etihad would still be rankling, which means the Liverpool players will be fired up.

Virgil Van Dijk is expected to make a first league start while City may have to do without David Silva, who is facing a tense domestic situation. Liverpool travelled to Dubai to prepare for this encounter while City needed a 90th-minute goal to beat Bristol City in the first leg of the Carabao League Cup semifinal. Would rest and freshness play a part in deciding this result? Very close to call!

3. Nantes v PSG @Stade de la Beaujoire @9pm on Jan 14

Four has been the common denominator for goals scored by PSG in their last five meetings with Nantes. Earlier this season – in November, Claudio Ranieri saw his team bashed 4-1 but having won their last three matches, his team have the confidence to cause a shock on Sunday. Nantes have lost twice at home this season – 0-1 to Marseille in August and then 1-2 to Nice in December, which shows they are a hard nut to crack in Arribas. Their visitors have scored a phenomenal 24 goals away from home, losing just once out of nine away fixtures.

Ranieri may need to pack more than the proverbial double-decker bus at Anton Tatarusanu’s goal and great tackling and covering from his Nigerian defender, Chidozie Awaziem to prevent another four-goal defeat.


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